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Take action and meet our plaintiffs (including Yolanda and Zulma, pictured above) at our Love Unites US: Puerto Rico campaign hub.
Lambda Legal has joined a lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico seeking the freedom to marry for same-sex couples in Puerto Rico and to compel Puerto Rico to recognize the legal marriages of same-sex couples entered into in other jurisdictions. A commonwealth of the United States, Puerto Rico is an island with a richly diverse population of LGBT couples who need the freedom to marry where they live, and it is also the home of many legally married LGBT people who seek to have their marriages recognized. The amended lawsuit has been filed on behalf of five plaintiff couples, as well as Puerto Rico Para Tod@s, the island’s leading LGBT advocacy organization, and challenges the Commonwealth’s marriage ban as a violation of equal protection and due process guarantees of the U.S. Constitution. Meet our plaintiff couples here: http://www.lambdalegal.org/blog/20140625_puerto-rico-meet-the-families
March 2014 Attorney Ada Mercedes Conde Vidal files a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico seeking the recognition of her marriage to her wife Ivonne Álvarez, entered into in Massachusetts.
June 2014 Lambda Legal files an amendment to Conde v. Rius Armendariz, adding four more plaintiff couples and an organizational plaintiff, Puerto Rico Para Tod@s. Two of the additional plaintiff couples are legally married in other jurisdictions, and two plaintiff couples are unmarried and need the freedom to marry in Puerto Rico.
October 2014 The district court dismissed the case. Lambda Legal filed a notice of appeal with the First Circuit Court of Appeals.
Ada Mercedes Conde Vidal and Ivonne Álvarez; Delia Rivera and Maritza López Aviles; José A. Torruellas Iglesias and Thomas J. Robinson; Zulma Oliveras Vega and Yolanda Arroyo Pizarro; Johannhe Vélez García and Faviola Meléndez Rodríguez; Puerto Rico Para Tod@s
Hayley Gorenberg, Deputy Legal Director
Omar Gonzalez-Pagan, Staff Attorney
Karen L. Loewy, Senior Attorney
Jael Humphreys, Staff Attorney
Debevoise & Plimpton, LLP, and Celina Romany, Esq.